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This combination image created using photos provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows a male suspect allegedly involved in a shooting on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Monterey Park, Calif. A second incident occurred about 20 minutes later in Alhambra, Calif. Investigators have identified him as a homicide suspect and he should be considered armed and dangerous. A gunman killed 10 people at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park and then may have tried, but failed, to target a second dance hall, authorities said Sunday, Jan. 22. [Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department]
The suspect, who opened fire at a dance school in Monterey Park, California, attempted another crime at a nearby location but failed. Two citizens at the scene at the time prevented further disasters by taking away the suspect’s gun.

According to CNN on the 23rd, the 72-year-old shooter Huu Can Tran attempted a second crime at a nearby Alhambra dance hall about 20 minutes later after committing his first crime at 10:20 p.m. on the 21st, but was disarmed by two heroes Brandon Tsay.

“I think they’re heroes,” LA County Sheriff Robert Luna said of the citizens in question, revealing this in a briefing.

“If it weren’t for them, something much worse could have happened,” Sheriff Luna said, explaining that the gun that Tran was trying to use in the second crime was a semi-automatic assault pistol with a large magazine.

Tran drove off in a white van after the second attempt. He was later found dead in a parking lot near a shopping mall in Torrance, about 35 kilometers away.

Witnesses who were at the scene of the shooting have testified. A Chinese woman in her 50s told the New York Times that she was suddenly shot while attending a dance lesson with about 100 members on Saturday evening.

The woman told the situation at the time that she thought a firecracker suddenly exploded while practicing dancing. However, when I looked around the entrance, a man who was later identified as Tran was standing with a long gun, and three people, including the president of the teaching center, were lying next to him.

Members of the teaching center, including women, were so surprised that they had to hide under the table without even thinking of running away. Since then, Tran has reportedly stepped down as if a bullet had fallen, and soon returned to shoot again.


By Jihye Kim